My Infinite Playlist
I pretty much have two speeds – 1) inanimate object and 2) as fast as I can go. I don’t really like slow or medium, mostly from my weight, once I get going it’s easier to maintain it (see Newton’s first law of physics) – whereas ambling, strolling, etc all require some of regular pacing control that wears me out faster than going fast.
Same on the cardio machines – I like to keep as intense a pace as possible. I’m not buying into the whole go-slow, fat burning mode. At my weight, total calorie deficit is what matters, and that requires as much intensity as I can maintain (or interval training). On the elliptical I warm up around 6.x mph for a few minutes and then crank into the mid-7’s. If I am feeling extra sparky, the low 8’s. Those are 7.5-8.0 minute miles (indoors, elliptical, not comparable to running where my pace would be snail-like). For the final two minutes, I try to pound out as fast as I can go in a final sprint. 9.x, 10.x if I feel psychotic, 11.x+ if I feel psychotic AND energetic. At around 12 or so it just stops tracking and shows you the same number flashing over and over again – an electronic “W.T.F. are you doing! Stop it! Stop it ! %^%^#$$#. Well fine, I won’t tell you your speed then.”).
Sometimes that desire to ‘go’ comes entirely from within. And sometimes … I need a little help. I need pumping music to make that happen for 20-30 minutes. By pumping I mean – a) has a good rhythm and b) either makes me feel good or c) makes me feel bad-ass or d) makes me remember things that make be feel b or c. These are my cardio go-to songs. I listen to other stuff as well, but those songs get skipped when I need to make the feet go up and down at a ridiculous pace.
My musical tastes are diversish so I categorized very roughly into Classics/Rock, Light Metal, Club/Hip-Hop/Rap, Techno/Electronica. A lot of the videos are bad, cheesy, or lame, so just listen. Sometimes they start a little slow, but they get there.
Feel free to make suggestions and share what gets you going.
A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley OR JXL Remix
All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix Version
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Better Now – Collective Soul – you know it!
Breathless – The Corrs
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
I Don’t Want To Be – Gavin DeGraw
I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty – obviously
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi – absolutely
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane – came out not too long after I got my wheels
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 – skip first minute of video
Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
Plowed – Sponge
Rock ‘n’ Roll Girls – John Fogerty – sometimes i think, life is just a rooooo-deee-o
Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young
Rolling In The Deep – Adele – not traditional drive, but when she gets going there’s somethin – also the drummer is in the corner where he belongs
Smooth – Santana/Rob Thomas
Start Me Up / Livin On A Prayer – Glee Cast
Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
The Girl’s Attractive – Diamond Nights
The Look – Roxette
The Passenger – Iggy Pop
There Will Never Be Another Tonight – Bryan Adams
Travelin’ Band – Creedance Clearwater Revival
We Weren’t Born To Follow – Bon Jovi
What A Wonderful World – Joey Ramone – skip annoying 45 second intro
Hard Rock/Light Metal
Call To Arms – Manowar
Carry On – Manowar
Cradle Of Love – Billy Idol
Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol
Hand Of Doom – Manowar
It’s Not My Time – 3 Doors Down – nope
Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
King Of Kings – Manowar
Kings Of Metal – Manowar – yea, I like manowar I guess
Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
More Human Than Human – White Zombie
Propane Nightmares – Pendulum
Rainbow In The Dark – Dio
Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC
Warriors Of The World – Manowar
Wherever I May Roam – Metallica
White Wedding – Billy Idol
Zero – Smashing Pumpkins
100% Pure Love – Crystal Waters
A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley OR JXL Remix – I find it interesting how much of the ‘pop’ in this is actually in the original.
ABC – Jackson 5
Born This Way – Lady Gaga – “I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way!” (skip annoying 2 1/2 minute intro)
Box n Locks (Armind Van Helden Remix) – Mpho
Bulletproof – La Roux – can’t help but think of the cantina band from star wars whenever I hear this
Celebrity – All Night Dynamite
Come Baby Come – K7
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Don’t Call Me Baby – Madison Avenue – not really a dude song, but kickin beat
Don’t Stop Movin‘ – S Club 7
Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna
Funky Cold Medina – Tone-Loc
Get This Party Started – Pink
Hello – Martin Solveig & Dragonette
Hey Baby – DJ Otzi
Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
I Like It Like That – Tito Nieves
I Wanna Go – Britney Spears
Jump (For My Love) – Girls Aloud Remix
Last Friday Night – Katy Perry
Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Make Luv (Remix) – Room 5
O.P.P. – Naughty By Nature – good beat and good friends of ours danced to this at their wedding for a laugh
Oh..Canada – Classified – CANADA! I can only imagine what anyone around me thinks when I pump it
Ooh Aah .. Just A Little Bit – Gina G – stop judging me
Pon de Replay – Rihanna
Raise Your Glass – Pink – raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways!
Rhythm Of The Night – Corona
Rhythm Is A Dancer – Snap
Ride Wit Me – Nelly – no I am NOT a nerdy middle aged white boy, well OK I am, but anyway
Round Round – Sugarbabes – again, not exactly a guy song, but..
Rubberneckin’ (Paul Oakenfield) – Elvis Presley
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake – no link available
Sun Is Shining (Remix) – Bob Marley
Tik Tok – Ke$sha – horrible song, horrible singer, I refuse to link it. But still the chorus gets me going.
Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
For any daft punk, highly recommend the Alive 2007 remixes.
Aerodynamic – Daft Punk (multiple versions)
Around The World – Daft Punk
Barbara Streisand – Duck Sauce – wooo ooo ooo ooo oo ooooo oooo barbara streisand
Busy Child – Crystal Method – you remember it from this.
Club Thrall – Myndflame – my gaming days show up here…
Cowboy 78 (Guitarpella) – Fatboy Slim
Destination Calabria (Club Mix) – Alex Guadino/Crystal Waters
Dogzilla (Simon Patterson) – Dogzilla – you need to like Frozen two down to like this one.
Flashdance – Deep Dish
Frozen – Dogzilla
Harder Better Faster Stronger – Daft Punk
Heads Will Roll (Little Vampire Remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (link is to original which is pretty good, but has a little less drive)
I See You Baby – Fayboy Slim/Groove Armada
Infinity (Klaas Vocal Mix) – Guru Josh Project – here’s my key, philosophy. A freak like me just needs infinity!
Loca – Mint Royale
No Time To Waste – Wildstylez
Oh Yeah – Yello – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!
One More Time – Daft Punk
Praan – Garry Schyman – also a great story at www.wherethehellismatt.com
Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim
Rods And Cones – Blue Man Group
Satisfaction – Benny Benassi
Starting Over – Crystal Method
Strict Machine – Goldfrapp
Thriller / Heads Will Roll – Glee Cast
Zocalo – Armin Van Buuren